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Capstan Hoist- A Dangerous Tool?

It has been 20 years since a devastating loss of a husband, step-son and employee were killed when a capstan hoist operated by the wife when ropes overturned on the drum as the men were being lifted on the load line, causing a  catastrophic failure of human lives. (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/in-house/full200007.html)  This story and many near misses happen frequently and some, unfortunately…

The Mindset of a Rescue

Rules for Rescuing- The Mindset of Rescue with Russ Dodge Evaluate Communicate Perform necessary First AID Position yourself close to the survivor Configure the lifeline properly with the descent devices Verify and Verify again all attachments before disconnecting Descend yourself or the survivor slowly and safely to the ground

ANSI/SAIA 92.24 Aerial Lift – Do You Know Your Training Requirements?

“The Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) serves as a secretariat for the ASC A92 Main Committee. These standards establish criteria for the manufacturers as well as aid the manufacturers, dealers, owners, users, and operators of MEWP equipment to understand their various responsibilities. “ The training standards in the new ANSI 92.24 now require certification for workers who are near a MEWP…

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